The JW Marriott Bangkok has drawn me again for my second stay in the last month for reasons that may be obvious in photographs and for the high quality of service. It is listed in this year’s Travel + Leisure in “The Worlds Best Hotels”, which is their global top 500 list. While my wife and I also enjoyed the Renaissance here in Bangkok and the prices are similar, but I only looked at prices with JW for my last stay of this quarters promotion.
Small things like the balcony in the lounge set the JW apart from the Renaissance. And not so small things like the “health club”. They both have fitness rooms, spas, pools and saunas but the JW’s was bigger and better. The locker room was a small labyrinth that included a hot tub, sauna and a steam room, each of which was giant and all-to-myself. It even had a lounge area with chairs and a television. The hotel is wonderful.
Our second stay I asked for a room upgrade and got just that. “Let me check… you’ll have a corner room, it’s a long room. Is that okay?” No lie, it is a long room. I opened the door and audibly wowed. The closet was big enough for a bed. Sometimes I’m not sure what to do with all the space. Dance party anyone? No it’s too classy for that. Half carpet, half hardwood floors and dark mahogany doorways. I couldn’t ask for a nicer non-suite upgrade.
Our first stay included a guest: Carrie’s college roommate, Adina. Checking in as a Platinum member they take you to the executive lounge. The fine print says that all our Platinum extras are really meant for two people and a third guest may be allowed with a price. However, this was not the case with us. The staff welcomed all three of us in the lounge and welcomed us to their amenities. Perhaps a hotel can be judged on how well they treat their guest’s guest
The JW Marriott Bangkok is a category 5 and cost 25,000 Marriott Points or about $270 for a standard double. (I booked my room for $140 a night, but I’m paying with a gift card from an old promotion). Hopefully there is a good promo next quarter for you to practice some of my tricks on. Look for my upcoming post on working Marriott’s best rate guarantee.